Meet the Maker: Puja Rao – Songs of Summer

Meet Puja, founder of Songs of Summer, who along with her creative young team are exploring their love and vision for art, plants, planters, handicrafts, ceramics, and pottery.

Art meets design is how Songs of Summer describes itself. It sounds very succinct and quite intriguing, we thought. All the more reason we set out to get to know them better.

Located in quiet part of cool and pleasant Bangalore, Songs of Summer is the young team of Saumya, Vishakh, and Puja exploring their love and vision for art, plants, planters, handicrafts, ceramics, and pottery. We spoke to Puja about their dreams and plans for Songs of Summer.  Welcome.

What were you doing before you started doing this?

I was working for an apparel design company.

Why did you choose to do what you do?

I got interested in plants and saw a gap in the market for well-designed quality planters. Initially, we started with samples and got someone else to do the production. But the quality we were getting was not up to the mark. Also, I love ceramics. And so I set up my own studio.

We are fascinated by names. What’s the story behind your brand name?

I wanted the brand name to make people visualize who we are. Songs of summer seemed apt for what we do.

What are the challenges you face in connection with achieving your goals?

We like where we are right now, where our focus is purely on designing unique and beautiful pieces. There are challenges with ceramics as a medium. We need to get everything right at all stages. But that’s how pottery is.

Where do you see your brand three years from now?

Hopefully still designing and lovingly crafting pieces for a wider audience.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Well, I’m here and loving it. So what’s the point in trying to figure what else I would be doing? I live in the present.

Visit the Songs Of Summer Shop on Engrave.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.


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